“Choice” versus “Reproductive Justice”

November 7, 2014

“Choice” versus “Reproductive Justice”

It’s been over a year since I last wrote a blog. The topic was a passionate defense of the award-winning documentary “After Tiller.” The movie profiles the four doctors who were inspired to follow Dr. George Tiller’s example after he was gunned down on a Sunday in 2011 in his church — of all places, by a religious zealot, no less. Dr. Tiller was one of the few doctors in the U.S. who performed third-trimester abortions, and the movie shows, with such humanity and compassion, how the four are carrying on in the spirit of his motto “Trust women.” If you haven’t had the good fortune to see the movie (which was shown on PBS this September and is available on Netflix), I urge you to do so. And if you need motivation, read my blog at lovemeanssecondchances.com. There’s also a review at workers.org.

Please note that my blog has been on hiatus — that makes it sound so professional (wink, wink) — since last fall when I had to clear up some financial issues about selling the book on Amazon and I wanted to post yet another corrected version of the text via Lightning Source. It’s amazing to me, the compulsive copyeditor/proofreader, that I continue to find sneaky little typos. Now that both issues have been resolved, I’m back to promoting my novel via this blog.

I had the good fortune to meet Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the four doctors in “After Tiller,” at the 28th annual conference “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom” at Hampshire College in April. She’s just as down to earth, genuine, and dedicated as she appears in the movie — a real-life, totally unpretentious, genuine hero. It was exciting and delightfully gratifying to meet her.

There, I also met Dr. Melissa Madera, founder and director of The Abortion Diary Podcast, who subsequently interviewed me. Her concept for the podcast diary is that one way to end women’s shame about having an abortion — and to break the silence resulting from the current viciously anti-abortion atmosphere — is to share our stories openly, publicly, proudly. Please check out Melissa’s wonderful project at theabortiondiarypodcast.com. My story, entitled “I knew I couldn’t be a single mother,” is  #53. And if you can make even a small contribution, please do. Every effort to affirm abortion as a woman’s human right helps build the movement for reproductive justice for all women. Onward!

Last winter-spring, I wrote a series of articles for Workers World about the Hobby Lobby case, delving into its many complicated aspects — an overview of the issues, especially the fraudulent claim of “religious liberty”; why the free contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act is essential for woman’s health and well-being as well as that of her family; and what political forces were behind the law suit. You guessed it, several far-right religious groups as well as the Kochs (whom I have since daubed “the kings of the oligarchs!). More recently, I’ve been writing about the attacks on poor women’s right to access abortion in Texas for WW.  If you’re curious about those articles, and a review of “Obvious Child,” you’ll find them under my byline at workers.org.

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